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Pedro Lisboa
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Here is my predicament: I have an uncontrollable craving for poker chips and the only ones I can find in shops around here are unbelievably expensive. I have two questions:

1) What kind of chips should I be looking for? 11.5g seem to be the norm, but I can tell there is a big difference (if not in quality at least in price) between them. I'd like to have a nice set of 300 chips, but not too expensive.

2) I live in Portugal, which makes ordering from the USA a nightmare. I've checked out some UK shops, but shipping costs are pretty steep. Since some german online shops have agreements with the local mail services, I was wondering if anyone knows of sellers who have those same arrangements (e.g. on €50+ game orders from Germany, I usually pay around €10 shipping, regardless of weight).

All this being said, if someone can point me to a shop where I can buy a reasonable 300 poker chip set for around €50 (international shipping within Europe included) I will be a very happy gamer!

Thanks in advance!
 
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Eddy Bee
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I would recommend checking eBay. There are a lot of sellers who sell brand new poker chip sets, and they will ship practically anywhere.

Yes 11.5 grams is the standard weight for high quality poker chips, and these are the most readily available.

Pricing varies based on the design of the chip. The least expensive chips just have a single solid color.

Fancier chips usually have a second color that is striped along the edges, which looks more professional. And they often have a design imprinted on them (dice, card suits, etc.).

The most expensive chips usually have a color inlay in the middle of the chip that depicts a photo or graphic design, and often have a denomination printed on them. These are a matter of personal taste. Personally, I don't like denominations printed on my chips, because it limits them to a specific use.

Some vendors will also custom stamp the chips in gold foil. You can have your name, a denomination, or whatever, stamped on the chip.

Most chips these days are made of a composite resin surrounding a metal slug to give them weight. I'm not sure about clay chips, which are typically considered the highest quality chips. The are considerably more expensive, and my understanding is that they are not as durable as the resin chips. But I'm not 100% certain about this.

Look on eBay and you'll see all sorts of options for buying chips. I've purchased two sets of very nice chips on eBay, and am very happy with them.

Good luck!
 
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Tom Key
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Not sure on postage to Portugal, but I got a fab set of 300 from www.casinosuppliesuk.com for £35 (50 euros?)

They'll make up the chips to your requirements and it all comes in a rather lovely (lovlier than most) flight case. If postage is expensive, check it out for a 500 set - it may be better value overall?

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